Russie : manœuvres militaires d’envergure et rapprochement avec la Chine (Institut des Relations Internationales et Strategiques)

C’est un exercice militaire d’envergure qui se prépare en Russie, dans le centre et l’Est du pays : « Vostok 2018 » devrait réunir près de 300 000 soldats entre le 11 et le 15 septembre prochain. Il s’agit de l’exercice le plus imposant depuis la fin de la guerre froide, a affirmé ce mardi 28 août le ministre russe de la Défense, Sergueï Choïgou. La Russie entend montrer ses muscles jusqu’en Asie, tandis que ses relations avec l’Europe sont mal en point et celles avec les États-Unis au plus bas. Alors que le Japon s’est récemment plaint du renforcement militaire russe en Extrême-Orient, la Chine, elle, participera à l’exercice.

Russie : manœuvres militaires d’envergure et rapprochement avec la Chine

Le point de vue de Arnaud Dubien

Dispelling the Dominant Myths of China in Africa (Atlantic Council)

On September 3 and 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. Happening every three years, past FOCAC’s have been used as a platform by Xi to announce new Chinese commitments to deepen economic links with the continent—in 2015, President Xi pledged $60 billion in aid and financing, and he has already recommitted the same amount again this year. Dozens of African leaders have made the trip to Beijing, with the aim of bolstering political and commercial ties with China. FOCAC, coupled with Xi’s trip to the continent in July 2018, is thrusting the question of how the United States should compete with China in African markets back in the spotlight.


Will Solomon Islands abandon Taiwan? (The Interpreter)

Over the last couple of years Taiwan has been steadily haemorrhaging diplomatic allies. Countries from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean have switched allegiance to Beijing, leaving just 17 countries maintaining formal relations with Taipei. The largest bloc of such countries is in the Pacific, comprising Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

James Batley

Trump’s tariffs: not a trade war, yet by The Interpreter

Although widely portrayed as the opening shots in a trade war between the US and China, new US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports confirmed by President Donald Trump on Thursday clearly are not.

John Edwards

China’s loans and the debt dilemma by The Interpreter

It’s no fun being in debt. Creditors want to chase you, the debts increase as you procrastinate about paying them, and you literally feel “indebted” and guilty, especially if those creditors are friends or family.

Hannah Ryder

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan by Al Arabiya

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps an inevitable part of the life being led by the Afghan people for the past decades, while any attempt to bring peace in the region is bound to meet rabid resistance owing to the conflict of interest among the concerned stakeholders who seem to be at odds with each other, following their own agenda or list of priorities under the guise of peace-building efforts.

President & CEO of perception management company, CMC, Syed Jawaid Iqbal is a well-known author and public relations guru. Karachi-based Jawaid Iqbal has represented Pakistan at several regional and international forums and has been Chairman, Pakistan Chapter of the Colombo-based South Asia Media Association. He is associated with several social welfare organizations and contributes to leading newspapers. He has also presented TV talk shows on current affairs. In 2003 he founded the Society for Global Moderation – a private-sector think tank, strengthening tolerance, inter-faith harmony and democracy. His book “On Record” was released in 2004. His twitter handle is @Jayeye49.

China’s cobalt conundrum in Congo by The Interpreter

More than half of the cobalt that goes into phone batteries and electric vehicles worldwide – 66,000 of 123,000 tons produced in 2016 – is sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Global demand is expanding rapidly. But lawmakers in Kinshasa have decided to cash in, targeting Western and Chinese mining companies with hotly disputed mining sector reforms.

Frederick Kuo